iChina: The Rise of the Individual in Modern Chinese Society (NIAS Studies in Asian Topics)

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The individual has become a basic social category in China, and a development has begun that permeates all areas of social, economic, and political life. This growing individualization of China--with changing perceptions of the individual and rising expectations for individual freedom, choice and individuality--is in focus here. How this process evolves in a state and society lacking two of the defining characteristics of European individualization--a culturally embedded democracy and a welfare system--is one of the questions that this volume explores. In the process, it makes an essential contribution to the current debate in sociology about how "modernity" should be conceptualized from a cosmopolitan perspective.

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Mette Halskov Hansen is Professor of China Studies at the University of Oslo. She has published widely in the fields of minority education, Han migration to minority areas, and Chinese rural society. Rune Svarverud is Professor of Chinese at the University of Oslo. His main fields of interest are the intellectual history of China, Sino-Western relations and East-West intellectual transfers.

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